With three more Georgia Tech juniors now making the jump to the NFL, look for the Yellow Jackets’ 2010 recruiting efforts to jump into hyperdrive.
Morgan Burnett, Jonathan Dwyer and Derrick Morgan all announced their intentions Tuesday to enter the NFL draft as underclassmen. They follow wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who already made that decision this past weekend. And while that certainly hurts Tech in the short term, it definitely helps with this year’s recruiting class.
Due to low attrition and a fluke of circumstances, the Jackets had an unusually small number of scholarships to offer for 2010. They were maxed out at 12 commitments for almost the entire fall and only added a 13th — linebacker Quayshawn Nealy of Lakeland — after a scholarship became available during the season.
Now they can go out and nab at least four more recruits and take advantage of the historic 11-3, ACC championship season just completed. The Yellow Jackets’ coaches were due to huddle for a recruiting meeting Wednesday morning.
One recruit that will no doubt be hearing from Tech is Westlake cornerback Darius Robinson. Robinson is a longtime Clemson commit and was up there this past weekend. But he expressed a desire weeks ago to possibly play close to home with the Yellow Jackets if a scholarship came open. Not only has that happened but Tech is now in need of another receiver.
The Yellow Jackets have never ceased in their recruitment of Beaufort, S.C., linebacker Justin Parker, but have remained in a difficult battle with Clemson and South Carolina. They’ve also remained in contact with linebacker Atlanta-Washington High safety Quadral Forte.
And, of course, the rumor that just won’t go away is that the Jackets remain in the hunt for Southwest DeKalb defensive end and AJC Super 11 selection T.J. Stripling, a longtime Georgia commitment. Of course, both schools are currently without defensive coordinators. So nothing is likely to happen with any defensive players until those hires are completed. Recently-ousted Virginia head coach Al Groh reportedly is in line for the Tech DC position.
I’ve got calls and messages out to a bunch of these guys but I wanted to go ahead and get something out there. I’ll update this post as soon as I get some responses. Let us know of other targets I may have overlooked in my haste and I’ll check them out.
Stay tuned. . . .